Monday 22 January 2018

Chef Derry got hate mail after son's tragic death

Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyanne
Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyanne
Sallyanne Clarke and her son Andrew
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Chef Derry Clarke has spoken out about the hate mail both he and his wife Sallyanne received following the death of their late son Andrew.

Clarke described the individuals who sent the letters as "nut cases".

"We did get hate mail when Andrew passed blaming us for his death," Clarke told the Irish 

"There was no signature or sender address on any of the letters, of course, the type of person who does that is a nut-case. It upset Sallyanne."

Andrew Clarke was found unconscious in the garage of his family home in south Dublin on December 27, 2012 after attempting to take his own life. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

An inquest into his death last month found traces of cocaine and benzodiazepines.

"I don't think teenagers think of the long term and how 
things will affect others. Everything is short term," Sallyanne said.

The Clarkes were talking at the launch of Electric Picnic's new Fine Dining Experience, which will see Derry and several other chefs prepare a culinary feast for festival goers inside a vintage-style marquee.

All monies raised from the event will go towards national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console.

"I cannot stress enough the importance of what Console do," Clarke said.

Clarke, the owner of L'Ecrivain restaurant, will take part in the Paris 2 Nice Charity Cycle later this year.

Irish Independent

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